Cardiff City have emerged as serious play-off contenders in recent weeks following a run of form which has seen them avoid defeat in any of their last seven Championship matches.
Neil Harris’ side suffered a humiliating 6-1 defeat at the hands of QPR on New Years’ Day, but they have since embarked on this impressive unbeaten streak which has seen them seal victories over West Brom, Luton and Huddersfield.
The South Wales outfit are now sitting ninth in the second-tier table as a result of their strong form in recent weeks, while they are also just three points adrift of sixth-placed Preston with 13 games still to play during their rollercoaster season.
Cardiff’s promising run means they are now being talked about as possible promotion contenders this campaign, with this potentially seeing the Bluebirds seal an immediate return to the top-flight following their relegation last season.
However, there would likely need to be some considerable squad improvements should Cardiff seal an unlikely promotion to the Premier League, and this could see a number of players being shown the exit door from the Welsh capital.
Here are two players who could move on if the Bluebirds seal promotion…
Flint was a player who divided opinion in the first half of the season following his move from Middlesbrough, with the centre-back often receiving some criticism for his performances despite the fact he was a regular under Neil Warnock.
Harris opted to stick by the defender towards the start of his reign at the Bluebirds, but the Cardiff boss dropped him from the league side after the 6-1 defeat to QPR, and Flint has not managed to work his way back into the fold yet.
The Bluebirds should keep hold of Flint if they do not seal promotion to the Premier League, but they will probably need to find an upgrade on the centre-back should they achieve an unlikely play-off success.
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Ward showed signs he could provide a strong presence in attack for the Bluebirds as he netted four goals during a six-game spell towards the start of the season, but he has struggled to establish himself in the starting line-up since Harris’ arrival.
The striker has now only started six league matches for the Bluebirds this campaign, while he has only managed to find the net once during his last 12 appearances with Callum Paterson having moved ahead of him in the attacking pecking order.
It may seem harsh to suggest Cardiff should sell the frontman if they seal promotion, but the Bluebirds will definitely need stronger attacking options in order to maintain their top-flight status if they were to somehow seal promotion.